Virtually nothing can defeat the raw power of rock music, with the possible exception of paper music. Pump your fist with this GrouponLive deal to see USS with the Balconies and Whiskey Reverb at the Rapids Theatre on New Year's Eve. For $10, you get two general-admission tickets to the concert at 9 p.m. (a $20 value).
With electronic melancholy and Michael Stipe–like vocals, guitarist Ash Boo-Schultz and turntabler Human Kebab of USS patch together a musical genre as conducive to dancing with auld acquaintances as it is to contemplating New Year's resolutions. Melding grungy melodies and progressive drum and bass, the Toronto duo debuted with 2010's Questamation.
The Balconies are siblings Jacquie and Stephen Neville and drummer Liam Jaeger, a power trio favoring two-ton blues uplifted by Jacquie's incredibly full, pure voice. Like a three-part rocket launch, these trifurcated harmonies will get loud.
The set list of musical vagabonds Whiskey Reverb defies genre, incorporating blues, reggae, jazz, and hip-hop into a soulful stew. Alternately hard-rock gruff and R&B smooth, vocals slide alongside a stomping contraption of heavy guitars and drums, sometimes breaking into rap interludes.
The Rapids Theatre
Originally constructed in 1921, the newly renovated Rapids Theatre accommodates up to 1,700 entertainment enthusiasts or 3,400 children stacked in trench coats. These days, the elaborate Art Deco ceiling, lit from above, stares down on hundreds of bobbing heads while elaborate moldings frame video screens that broadcast the onstage action to the theater's farthest reaches. The handicap-accessible facility slakes sing-along induced thirst with two full bars.